Go Green at the Market
The Fishers Farmers’ Market is committed to supporting environmental sustainability at our event and in our community. We strive to continuously explore ways to reduce our impact on the environment and provide information about sustainable practices for market customers, vendors, and other stakeholders.
Bring Your Own Bags
This season, we will continue focus on reducing waste from single-use plastic shopping bags. Reducing waste not only decreases our environmental footprint, it also reduces costs through improved resource efficiency and decreased waste disposal costs. A trillion plastic shopping bags are used worldwide every year, 100 billion in the United States alone.
Plastic shopping bags can’t be recycled in curbside recycling programs and can actually jam up machinery and contaminate other materials at most recycling centers. Reusable bags take more resources to produce, but they can last for years and replace hundreds of single-use bags.
- Bring your own reusable shopping bags to the market to carry purchases home. Vendors will no longer distribute new single-use plastic bags with handles for customer purchases.
- Have extra reusable shopping bags to share? The market will accept donations of clean reusable bags for customers who forget theirs. A bin will be placed at the Parks and Recreation Department tent so customers can drop off reusable bags for others to use.
What Else Can I Do?
- Skip bottled water. Bring your refillable water bottle to the market - there’s a water bottle filling station inside the Pavilion, between the NPD AMP and City Hall.
- Reduce packaging waste by bringing your own small, reusable containers from home for berries, cherry tomatoes, and other small produce.
- Bring reusable utensils for eating breakfast at the market. Lightweight bamboo utensils are easy to tuck in a purse or backpack or if you’re hauling kids around in a stroller or wagon anyway, just pack knives, forks, and spoons from your kitchen drawer!
- And of course, walk or ride your bike to the market whenever you can to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.